Evaluating the effectiveness of the national literacy strategy: identifying indicators of success

F Smith, F Hardman

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In 1998, the Government introduced the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) in all primary schools in England in a bid to raise literacy standards. The first cohort of primary schools in the northern Local Education Authority (n = 19) implemented the project in January 1997, the second cohort (n = 20) began in September 1997. Each cohort consisted of three different year groups (Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6). The aim of this project was to focus upon exam results from these schools and thereby identify possible predictors of success (e.g. socio-economic status, age of pupils, teaching and learning style). We looked at differences within and between each cohort. We also carried out in-depth case studies of three northern schools. Each case-study involved interviews with key staff. The wider implications of the findings for the implementation of the NLS and for the training needs of teachers are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-378
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000

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